The recent ribbon cutting drew an eager crowd.

The City of Longview and the Longview Bicycle Club recently celebrated the opening of the Grace Creek Mountain Bike Trail on Saturday. The unpaved trail allows users to mountain bike, hike, or run approximately three miles of wooded property owned by the City of Longview.

The mountain bike trail begins with a trailhead at the Maude Cobb Convention and Activity Complex, 100 Grand Blvd., and continues south along the Grace Creek corridor.

The grand opening of the trail occurred at 10:00 a.m., at the Maude Cobb Convention Center parking lot. Following a ribbon cutting, the trail opened for riding, biking, and running. The Longview Bicycle Club and other sponsors provided food and drinks during the event.

The mountain bike trail was created as the result of volunteer efforts of the Longview Bicycle Club. After approval by the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board and City Council, Longview Bicycle Club volunteers cleared a path for the trail.

According to Community Services Director Laura Hill, “Trails are the top priority in the Parks and Recreation Master Plan. Over the last several years, the City of Longview has added or improved several miles of trails throughout town, and this mountain bike trail adds an option for users that prefer unpaved or rugged trail experiences. Like so many of our park improvements, the volunteers really deserve credit for having a vision and passion for making the trail a reality.”

The trail is subject to all normal park ordinances and guidelines. Motorized vehicles are not allowed on the trail. Pets must be kept on a leash at all ties. Horseback riding is not allowed on the trail. For more information about Longview Parks, contact 903-237-1270 or visit